Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's all about being a professional artist

Angela Miller, Judy Dales, Marya Lowe, Judith Reilly
Anne Standish, and MJ Russell

Alexandra Nickerson, Marya Lowe, Judy Dales
"Being an artist means not only making your art but of course promoting your art" ~Rae Harrell

Rae Harrell presented her information in a conversational manner.  All attendees, no matter what level of professionalism, came out with something from her workshop.  We all went home with a booklet handout, with our own resumes pencilled in for further exploration and finalization at home.

"Your artist's statement can be a moving testament to your creativity and integrity"
~ Rae Harrell

How many times have you stared at the blank page and wondered what to write about yourself?
Rae suggested we allow our inner creative self to write our artist statement!  She lead us on a meditation then had us write something.  Wow!  That was very good advice!

On a closing note, I heard something that stayed with me from another workshop I took a couple weeks prior.  Stephen Jost, curator at the Shelburne Museum said that artists must know other artists, because artists are stimulated by other artists.  We, as a group of art quilters, must find our "family" of like minded artists to gain our strength to create even more deeply than we do now.  Alexandra Nickerson was able to put together a venue for gathering our SAQA family together.  I have come out feeling fantastic, knowing more artists and feeling more grounded in the business aspects of what I do.  So, Thank you Alexandra.

Next entry: Valarie's workshop, "A Juror's Perspective"    ~ Margaret

Judy Dales, Marya Lowe, Judith Reilly

Monday, March 28, 2011

SAQA New England Weekend

Kathy Lee, Michelle O. Kincaid, Beth Berman, Rosalita Feero,
Kathy Molatch, Karin Kamezos, Charleen Huntley
Hello SAQA Artists!

What a great weekend meeting!  It was chock full of information, great people and some stunning quilts at show and tell.  

These pictures are from Rae Harrell's workshop, "Approaching Galleries".
She led us through a step by step process of writing a strong resume and artist statement.  The meeting took place in the conference room at the hotel, everything was comfortable, many questions were answered.  There was a lot of networking, SAQA books were available to look through, smaller groups broke for lunch to continue talking and sharing ideas, overall, it was an informative workshop
Valarie Poitier, Beth Berman
I will be adding more pictures and talking about the SAQA weekend, so come back and visit for more information.  In the meantime, keep on quilting! - Margaret

Rae Harrell, Angela Miller

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Michael James at Fuller Craft Museum

Michael James is giving a lecture on April 30 at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. They expect to sell out, so I wanted to let you know it is now posted, and you can buy a ticket. The link is   here.
Mr. James is going to speak about how relocating to the Mid-West (Nebraska), and into academia changed his Art. The Fuller has offered to let SAQA use a meeting room after the lecture. This is a good opportunity to hear an Art Quilter whose studio work, and academic work are highly valued.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plea for Comfort Quilts for Japan

Plea for Comfort Quilts for Japan- this was taken off the SAQA yahoo group.

Posted by: "Mary Zadrozny"   justimaginedes

Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:58 pm (PDT)

For those who are interested in sending quilts to Japan, there was an updated message from Naomi who asked that quilts not be mailed until later in April due to the confusion at the moment. 

Also for those who are concerned about the shipping costs to Japan, Luana Rubin of has information on her blog about their partnership with Mission of Love to send quilts to Japan.

From Luana's Blog:
"We will ask you to either ship the donated quilts directly to Mission of Love in Youngstown Ohio, or deliver them *in person* to eQuilter in Boulder Colorado. DO NOT ship them to us in Boulder - any shipped quilt donations should be sent directly to Mission of Love. Shipping to Boulder will only delay the arrival of your quilts in Youngstown Ohio. eQuilter will be happy to cover the cost of shipping quilts from Boulder to Ohio, but only if they are dropped off in person at our warehouse."

All the details can be found on Luana's blog:
http://www.luanarub in.typepad. com/?sid= 93LKiA2iNMMC5pY- 23111341876. e0

Personally, I think it is wonderful of anyone who feels called to donate in whatever form they choose.

I will continue to update the Japanese relief effort area whenever I have more information.
http://www.justimag inedesigns. com/helpothersar ticle.html

Mary Z

Mary Nelson Zadrozny
http://www.justimag inedesigns. com
Specializing in Quilt Patterns, Embellishment Kits & Ceramic Buttons Plus Resources for Creative Businesseshttp://www.luanarub in.typepad. com/?sid= 93LKiA2iNMMC5pY- 23111341876. e0

I just saw this post on Tanya Watanabe's blog. She translates the Call for Comfort Quilts and adds an update that Quilter's Newsletter is coordinating a shipment to Japan if you can ship to Quilters Newsletter in Colorado. See her blog for more details:

http://tttl1998. blogspot. com/2011/ 03/patchwork- quilt-tsushin. html

Pam RuBert

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Arts Marketing Conference in VT

April 13, 2011
Goddard CollegePlainfield, VT
The conference is a day-long event and this year will feature the following seminars:

Marketing Your Work in Today's EconomyBruce Baker
Booth Design - Bruce Baker
Working with Architects and Interior Designers - Susan SagerEtsy Step by Step - Elissa CampbellDiversifying Your Markets: Grants and Public Art - Susan SagerThe Dynamics of Collaboration: State of Craft - Martha Fitch and Anne Majusiak

More information and registration can be found online at this link: here

For your convenience, you can pay for the conference ($66 including lunch) online as well.
Martha Fitch, Executive Director
Vermont Crafts Council
Annual Spring Marketing Conference to be held at Goddard College on April 13th featuring Bruce Baker at this link here
PO Box 938
Montpelier, VT 05601 Ph: (802) 223-3380 Fx: (802) 223-7974
Location: 104 Main St, Montpelier Vermont

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Upcoming VT Meeting RSVP ASAP!!

Hi Everyone,
     How are you?  Are you getting excited about our next meeting in Colchester?  I am!  I am really looking forward to meeting more of you, our fabulous members! and seeing your quilts up close and personal at Show and Tell!
     If you are coming to any of the events for the upcoming meeting, Instead of sending me an email, take a minute to click on this link,, and see if your name is there.  If it's not, it's easy to type your name in and check the box(es) that apply to what you are attending.  Please do this even if you are just coming for dinner Friday, or only show and tell, Saturday.  Alexandra and I will be using this to give a final head count to the restaurant and the hotel.  Deadline: ASAP
      Again, the address to RSVP: HERE          Thanks for taking the time to do this.
I will be sending out another email at the end of the week with event maps and info.
PS  There is nothing more frustrating than a typo in an email link!  So, to set the record straight.  My address is:  There should be an "s" at the end of artquilt, o.k?  

Regional Meeting of SAQA MA-RI & Guests at the NEQM

From Ms V!
Reflections of the NEQM in Lowell, MA
In one week we will have the opportunity to come together at one of our Regional meetings at the NEQM before the current exhibit of SAQA New EnglandIt is on Saturday March 19th beginning at 10:00 am.
     In addition to holding our regional meeting, we will share upcoming news, in progress or completed art works, talk about what we are doing or teaching, plan our next area exhibit, meet the artists of the current exhibit, and to invite our guests to become members.
    One important order of business Jeanne Marklin (who will be running the Western location meeting that day) will be stepping down in June 2011.  We are therefore seeking a member to work with me during the remainder of my term, in the MA/RI region and who will forge ahead after my service period is up.
     Please volunteer or scout out possible members who have what you consider the necessary experience and energy to best represent you to SAQA and the art community. My email information is below so that you can forward the names on to me.  Some of the qualities we are looking for include a person who is computer savvy, can organize and write the newsletter, or help with the blog, learn the SAQA website, check email and respond on a daily basis,  and has the ability or organize meetings with speakers.  Sounds like a lot of work but it is a shared responsibility and there is so much to gain from the experience, I really have learned so much and look forward to the coming year.
    After the official meeting time, approximately 1:00 (at the latest) we will walk the museum as a group and look at the exhibit together and ask specific questions about techniques, materials used, and the types of machines used.  We should all come away from this experienced inspired to either continue what we are doing or to try something in a different way.
     If you are an instructor or have a business please bring business cards or a handout.  This will be the perfect time to talk about what you do and what you offer.
There were many lessons learned during the No Holds Barred exhibit process and we should review some of them.  We can talk about them and what we want to do in the future, what we can do differently, in addition, or not at all.  So the floor will be open to everyone to share their input. 
     Also, come prepared with ideas about what you would like to participate in regarding future exhibits.  We are ready to start on our next SAQA project as a region and having your input is very important.  The current plan to open the area up beyond the six states and we will discuss to whom and how many other regions to include.  Depending on the ideas we may even open it up to all of SAQA.
     As you can see we have a full schedule of items to discuss and hope you will be able to join us.  Your voice is important!  Our next meeting in Eastern Mass will take you through the SAQA site and talk about the call for exhibits section.

Please RSVP to

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Sense of Adventure

"A Sense of Adventure"    
We need your artwork!  In order to create a strong 30-piece exhibition, a juror needs a pool of approximately 100 pieces.  Even if all the pieces submitted are truly wonderful, they won't necessarily work well together to make a cohesive whole.  With only 32 members who entered work for "A Sense of Adventure," we don't have a large enough group to create a strong exhibit.

We have therefore extended the DEADLINE to March 31, 2011.   

This is an important opportunity for you to have your work seen by over 100,000 visitors.  It will travel throughout the United States to a variety of museums and to the three International Quilt Festivals.  Your work will be included in the full color catalog - we print 1,000 copies.  Many of our previous exhibitions have also been featured in the major art quilt magazines - we just were featured in a 10-page spread in Spain's Arte Patchwork magazine, as well as in Australia's Down UnderQuiltsQuilter's Newsletter, and Quilting Arts.  

If you want your work to be seen, this is your chance!
Theme: A Sense of Adventure asks you to expand your personal comfort zone. Beyond the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch is the sense of adventure. Webster's defines "adventure" as:
1 a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks
   b : the encountering of risks (the spirit of adventure)
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience (an adventure in exotic dining)

Use techniques you've never used before. Plumb deep within yourself for a personal sense of adventure. Share your adventures through this exhibit.

Juror: Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, Chief Curator and the Kate Fowler Merle-Smith Curator of Textiles for the Allentown Art MuseumAllentown, Pennsylvania. She lectures and writes on American and Japanese quilts and textiles, contemporary fiber art, and American folk and decorative arts. Dr. Atkins has served as a judge for the Japan Quilt Grand Prix contest (Tokyo, Japan) since 2004 and is a member of the Board of Directors for Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor (
The full prospectus: 
DEADLINE for online entry is now March 31, 2011.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SAQA New England Weekend
Residence Inn, Colchester, VT

Upcoming NH/VT/ME SAQA Weekend

* SAQA New England WeekendResidence Inn, Colchester, VT
March 25-27, 2011 

SAQA VT/NH/ME is proud to announce this exciting opportunity for SAQA members.

       Two workshops are being offered:

Approaching Galleries - Rae Harrell, owner of Rae Harrell Gallery
From a Juror's Perspective 
Valerie Poitier, guest curator/juror and SAQA Co-chair of the  "No Holds Barred" exhibit at the NE Quilt Museum and SAQA MA/RI co-rep.

Also included in the weekend is a Friday night dinner, show & tell, and a studio tour.
A special rate is being offered at The Residence Inn 802-655-3100

RSVP by March 17th to